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Old 05-13-2013, 06:12 AM   #41 
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Your tank is cycled when your ammoniaandnitrite are zeroed and your nitrate grows over time (days/weeks).

If you do water changes big enough to keep the ammonia and nitrite below 0.25ppm, you can introduce fish. But, better if you take your time.
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Old 05-13-2013, 06:49 AM   #42 
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0 Nitrites and Ammonia are particularly important if you decide to add invertebrates.
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Old 05-13-2013, 06:46 PM   #43 
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okay :c this cycle is just taking a while but i'm hoping it'll only be another 2 weeks at the MAX. i will let it take its time and not rush things. plus, i would rather it take another 2-3weeks than have my fish get ammonia poisoning and spikes.
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Old 05-13-2013, 07:22 PM   #44 
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+1 Betta

Speaking as one who rushed cycling a couple of years ago, nothing is worse than watching those fish die and know your impatience caused it.
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Old 05-13-2013, 09:26 PM   #45 
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Yah its just a pain in my fish tail to wait now 76 days -.- cycling isnt supposed to take this long!!
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Old 05-15-2013, 05:38 AM   #46 
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That is a little long, but not unheard of.

This kind of "first" cycle is a one-time deal. From now on you'll always have live nitrifying bacteria to help start any new tank you build.
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Hallyx: yah i guess it will be good in the end its just my state tests and exams are Coming up so i wanted to not have to worry about it then :T they start May 20 soo lets hope it is done in the next 4 days lol not gunna happen :c
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Old 05-21-2013, 07:53 PM   #48 
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i'm thinking of adding a seeding material to try to speed up the cycle... is that an OK idea? i was think of adding some filter floss from my other already cycled tank to this cycling tank's filter box.
or are there any other great seeding methods you guys know of that may work to really speed up a cycle? i could use it now!
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What are you using for ammonia right now? Adding anything from an already cycled tank will definitely speed it up. I always keep filter media in my cycled tanks for super fast cycling in new tanks.
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Pure bottled ammonia from Ace Hardware.
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